George Fernandes, the giant killer of Indian politics who took on Indira Gandhi, dies at 88

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fernandes suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, had swine flu for past few days
  • Arrested during Emergency, he was a minister in the first non-Congress govt after Janata Party’s defeat of Indira Gandhi
  • He served as a Union minister several times, and held diverse portfolios

George Mathew Fernandes, a former Union Defence Minister in the Vajpayee government who was elected nine times to the Lok Sabha, died on Tuesday in New Delhi. He was 88.

Fernandes, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, had swine flu for the last few days.

A veteran parliamentarian who was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1967, George Fernandes served several times as a Union Cabinet Minister, holding portfolios such as communications, industry, and railways, besides defence.

Arrested during the Emergency, George Fernandes was the industries minister in the first non-Congress…

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